Nominations for 2016 Presidential Teaching Awards for Graduate Students

December 10, 2015

Dear fellow members of the Columbia community:

Each year the University honors three graduate student instructors with Presidential Awards for Outstanding Teaching. In addition to honoring individual excellence, the awards are designed to recognize the important contribution graduate students make to our educational offerings. Three awards are presented at the convocation of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and carry a prize of $8,000.

I write today to invite you to submit nominations for the 2016 Presidential Awards for Outstanding Teaching by Graduate Students. The announcement for faculty nominations was sent on December 7. For information on both the faculty and graduate student teaching awards, please visit

You may nominate any student who is currently enrolled in a graduate program of the University. Nominees can be graduate students who have taught in the past, but currently do not have any instructional responsibilities.

You may submit your nominations online at:

The deadline for graduate student nominations this year is February 12, 2016.

The selection committee will select a group of finalists from the nominations received and ask each finalist’s department or school to assemble a full dossier of supporting materials.  Following a review of those materials, the committee will forward the names of its chosen nominees for the awards to the President for his approval.

I thank you in advance for your nominations and your help in honoring those graduate students who are making outstanding contributions to the teaching mission of the University.


John Coatsworth